Russian being prosecuted for $170 million fraudulent credit-card purchases

Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, was described as a mastermind behind  an international hacking scheme that resulted  in $170 million in fraudulent credit-card purchases.

In a federal jury trial that begins this week, prosecutors plan to present evidence and prove that he stole credit card information by hacking into the records of Washington pizza restaurants and other U.S. businesses, and made money out off it.

Steve Bussing, owner of Red Pepper Pizza in Duvall, northeast of Seattle, told The Associated Press he and his wife spent $10,000 installing a new computer system after they learned theirs was compromised by a hacker.

"It was a huge expense" for a small business.the process disrupted their business as they shut down and reinstalled a new security system to protect their customers", he said

Defense lawyer say the  Seleznyov was arrested in Maldives by  U.S. Secret Service agents, and they mishandled his laptop and may have compromised evidence. Seleznyov was flown to Guam for an initial court appearance, and then to Seattle.

His father, Valery Seleznev, is a member of the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament house.

Russia allegeded that Seleznyov was kidnapped by U.S. authorities.

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